While Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has strongly expressed his favour towards the establishment of private universities in the state, disagreements are being raised from his party itself.
Chandy reportedly told media on Wednesday that when other states are encouraging such universities Kerala alone cannot move away from it. He also said private universities will increase the quality of education in the state.
The Hindu reports that this proposal has created a division among the ruling front as the state Education Minister Abdu Rabb disagrees with the idea of private universities.
“I continue to oppose the idea of a private university, but finally in government it is not an individual’s idea that matters,” Rabb said according to the report.
However state Higher Education Council has submitted a report on this for government consideration.
Higher Education expert committee chairman Cyriac Thomas told media that the track record of applicants for setting up private universities in Kerala should be exemplary and only those agencies with at least 10 years of experience running a private university be entitled to apply for setting up such a varsity.